So, You're Going to High School
18:17:02:07 1950s Teenagers working in wood shop, cutting wood with saws. Teenage girls in Home Education courses working in kitchen, girl shows class her pie.
Audio/Visual sound, color
18:17:22:25 High-angle shot of large technical high school in New York; VS students working in various workshop classes in technical high school, boys looking at blueprint; building a house in workshop; working in industrial chemistry lab; pouring molten metal from furnace into a mold; teenagers, mostly female, playing in high school orchestra music class; boy in letterman jackets showing other younger boy the timpani drums; boy in gym class doing demonstration, boy’s P.E. uniform T-shirt reads Bryant with a picture of an owl; boys punching boxing bag; teenage boy on the gymnastic horse coached by teacher while class watches him.
18:20:08:23 Teenage boys working on car engine in auto shop class; boys welding; boys in printmaking class; VS boys and girl in pottery and sculpture class; young woman wearing glasses soldering; girl at sewing machine in sewing class; teacher instructs two girls on fitting a dress onto a mannequin in front of the blackboard.
18:22:38:28 VS 1950s interpretive dance class, girls in black leotards dancing to woman beating a drum; girls doing choreographer interpretive dances. Boys in wood shop class.
18:23:49:25 Teenage boy and girl with teacher demonstrate science experiment in front of class, blackboard with chalk writing on it behind them.
18:24:42:21 Boy approaches school teacher at desk lined with books holding a poster, text on poster reads “What kind of high schools are there in our city? To which high schools can graduates of our school go?”
18:25:52:19 CU held between disembodied fingers for Directory of the Public High School of the City of New York.
18:28:01:13 MS boy fills out form at desk with mother looking over his shoulder; CU disembodied hand holding pan fill out form for P.S 152 high school in New York, boys writes in French as his desired language class.
18:28:44:05 VS 1950s boy taking entrance exam test for high school, CU boy’s scratch sheet with long division and math problems worked out in pen; CU type-written paper addressed to parents congratulating them on their son’s admission to high school.
18:29:18:23 Three girls at blackboard, one reading dictation, another writing dictation in chalk on chalkboard in stenographer’s code, third watches for errors.
18:29:29:08 CU White and Black girls practicing cello.
18:29:55:02 Boys and girls filing into auditorium through separate doorways.
18:30:29:22 High-angle shot high school students working on test; CU disembodied hand leafs through multiple choice answer sheet.
18:31:51:24 VS two woman in winter coats window shopping.
18:32:09:22 Parents and daughter at dinner table, girl shows father paper form; CU father and daughter looking form; Father lights up cigarette.
18:34:16:19 CU boy looks at his reflection in mirror as he puts boutonniere in his 1950s style brown suit.
18:34:34:20 VS boys and girls about 13 years old wearing white dresses and black suits, boys with boutonnieres girls with flowers on their dresses, march through separate doorways in single file line.
August 12, 2015
These are the sort of high schools
we need today. A technical trade and courses on how to be independent in taking care of yourself are a must today. College is so expensive and only about 15 % of college grads over time work in the curriculum they studied. earn and learn!
July 15, 2013
Hey Joan, get a move on, will ya
Interesting film that prepares kids getting out of Junior High on which High School to go to. At this time (I guess!) they were prepping them very young about what career path the kids were to follow. Kind of bizarre to look at it now, with all the high schools nowadays sticking to a more general cirriculum. Interesting too are the courses one could major in. I was fortunate that I could learn the great art of silk screen printing while in high school, but I apparently missed the oppurtunity to learn about molten steel pouring and fabricating. I mean THAT was amazing. At the end of the film, we learn what some course paths students take. Most interesting is Joan, bright kid with lots of oppurtunities, but soon just settles on being a secretary because she's attractive, and her parents apparently want to get rid of her as soon as possible. Lots of little things that make this film great. This comes HIGHLY RECCOMENDED by me!
December 4, 2012
An Important Choice!
Very interesting film from the '50s produced by the New York City public school system for students about to enter high school. It describes the variety
of high schools (vocational, academic, etc.) and
the various courses of study available. For those of us who grew up in smaller cities, where there was only one high school, it is astonishing how broad the choices are that these students enjoyed.
In some ways, this film makes choosing a high school sound very much like choosing a college.
I was taken by the diversity of the children shown---something often missing from informational films of this period. In one respect, the film is quite typical----for the most part, boys and girls take stereotypically gender-specific courses (e.g
., nursing for girls;
auto mechanics for boys) although it does show boys taking sewing classes! Then again, the garment industry is important in New York! Given the difficulty all large-city public schools face these days, one can be forgiven for watching this film with a sense of wonderment!